Simplicity 3852

Three rules of sewing for babies:
1. There are few commercial patterns for boy babies. (Except Burda) May I also say that there are few commercial patterns for men? (Except Burda)
2. Babies actively fight against the idea of “sewing time.”
3. By the time one finishes a sewing project for a baby, he will have grown out of it. Or nearly so.

I present Simplicity 3852, the ultimate multi-size pattern–everything from newborn to grown man. Gideon fits it perfectly today. Tomorrow it will probably be too small. And I made three of them for the summer. Gah.

Cute, though, eh? I also made the men’s version for Tim.

Pattern Notes: I’d call this an intermediate pattern, since it contains several tailored elements, such as a front placket, collar, and the insertion of snaps or snap tape. The instructions were fairly clear, though I admit I didn’t follow them 100%.

The romper, which I made in size medium, fits 19-lb Gideon perfectly. The gathered legs are a cute detail, and the collar fits his chubby baby neck just fine. There are convenient crotch snaps, which is not apparent from the pattern envelope.

The man’s shirt is very straight, with a nice yoke, but front fachings (yech). Tim seems to like the facings, though, so there’s no accounting for taste. If I make it again, I will draft proper button bands and dispense with the facing. It does not fit Tim particularly well, except in the shoulders, but this has more to do with the fact that Tim doesn’t fit the pattern company’s ideal than with any fault in the pattern.

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5 Responses to Simplicity 3852

  1. Jacq says:

    Very nice, I am thinking by the quilt to the side there she is one talented lady. Nice job.

  2. timmie says:

    I’ve started this pattern but i don’t understand how to attatch the collar, do you think you could try and explain how to? i’ve never done a collar before

  3. Lorraine says:

    Try this post: It explains how to apply a collar really well.

  4. Carol Nimmo Nimmo says:

    Please help me. I can not figure out the front placket. Can you help me?

  5. Lorraine says:

    Honestly, it’s been so long since I sewed this that I’ve forgotten the details. As I recall, I just blindly followed the instructions, and it turned out all right. Be sure to clip right to the stitching where it tells you to.

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